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Bendix Improves TABS-6 Advanced roll stability system

March 11, 2013 - Products

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Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

Bendix has improved its TABS-6 Advanced roll stability system with new spring-ride suspension compatibility and more advanced options.

The Bendix TABS-6 Advanced roll stability system combines antilock braking with a set of trailer sensors, which monitor stability and can quickly and automatically trigger braking interventions when conditions that may lead to a rollover are detected. Available in single-channel and multi-channel configurations, TABS-6 delivers solutions suitable for a variety of fleet needs.

Bendix TABS-6 Advanced is now compatible with most spring-ride suspensions and remains available for most air-ride suspensions. The system can also be connected to the new Bendix Trailer Information Module, an easy-to-use system that offers comprehensive access to key vehicle data.

“More than 40 heavy-truck rollovers occur every day in the United States, and nearly two-thirds involve tractor-trailer combinations,” said T.J. Thomas, Bendix director of marketing and customer solutions, Controls group. “Fleets can truly benefit from the most comprehensive stability offering when the Bendix TABS-6 Advanced roll stability system is used in concert with the Bendix ESP full stability system installed on the tractor. This powerful protection combination is particularly attractive for fleets that run high value trailers and loads.”

Both SC and MC configurations offer customized benefits for specific fleet needs.

In its single-channel configuration, TABS-6 Advanced is a simple and popular solution built on an ABS configuration of two sensors and one modulator (2S1M). Without sacrificing performance, this option adds less weight and allows for easier installation and maintenance. The single-channel configuration presents an optimal choice or retrofit for fleets looking to add trailer stability to an existing ABS system.

The multi-channel option is a more complex solution that addresses different demands. For instance, a TABS-6 Advanced MC will be easier to install on vehicles with ABS systems already built with multiple sensor-and-modulator configurations, such as 2S2M or 4S2M. Tandem axle trailers are also better served by the MC option, since each axle is sensed and controlled, and a vehicle with a tridem configuration will be easier to plumb with a multi-channel option.

The Bendix TABS-6 Advanced system can work with a variety of trailer electrical requirements, handling between 8 and 32 volts without a separate power converter. Custom applications such as automatic trailer axle air suspension dump control are also available.

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